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3 Recipes Perfect for Date Night

I’m a big believer that food brings people together — and so does cooking! Spending time as a couple in the kitchen will not only help you to better understand your partner’s working style (which is key to a happy relationship) but you get to engage in a rewarding activity together.

So today, as part of a guest post for Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA), I’ll be sharing three super simple recipes that are great as bonding activities on date night. Whether you’re ready to call the cooking room your second home or complete novices, I promise these recipes can be done. Plus, all awkwardness is out the window here because you’ll actually have an activity to focus on, even if not on each other ha ha 🙂

The best part? Needless to say, it’s having a homemade meal to savour together when you’re done. You can thank me later.

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Brown Sugar, Maple & Almond Pound Cake

Pound cake: It don't hurt to pile on more of that syrup.

I’ve been a sloth of late.

As mentioned in my recent food post, summer can get too warm for baking. Today I am here to contradict myself; the weather in Singapore is just that unpredictable anyway. Just like how it’s been raining the past two days. Heavy, continuous rain. In the middle of summer. Surprise, surprise.

So, my oven’s been pretty lonely for a while now. I decided to turn the heat up again, with something really classic and simple: the pound cake.

Read on for the recipe!

The Coffee Daily

It was a quiet Sunday when I, together with an old friend of mine, decided to catch up over a  little coffee (and tea, and cake).

It’s been four years, but as we’ve found, some things never change. The choice of place (he recommended) was perfect too — absolutely fitting for the kind of nostalgia we needed.

This is definitely one place I’d consider a “hidden find”, and literally as well. For those unfamiliar with the north-east area, I would say locating the café might be a challenge. Then again, if you’re fond of Serangoon Gardens (cue: Chomp Chomp and the like), this little den is just on the way in.

Don’t let its location stop you from paying a visit though, because I’m quite sure you’re gonna like what you find here 😉

Count your blessings because I’m about to reveal one of Serangoon’s probably best-kept secrets…

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Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana walnut cake served with tea in a strawberry cup ha ha.

You know how some foods just give you a feeling of home?

The humble banana cake is a classic that does just that.

For me, it brings back memories of the banana slices I used to pack to school for an afternoon snack during recess. But of course, those were pretty crappy ones bought off the shelf of the neighbourhood bakery.

Those might’ve fooled little me, but my now mature taste buds know better than that. They crave the real thing. No artificial banana flavouring, but authentic ripe bananas mashed into a batter to create the most homemade, delectable experience.

Read on for the recipe!

Thanks, Mom!

Mother’s Day came a day earlier for my family this year.

Last night, instead of heading out to a fancy restaurant, we had a quiet and simple celebration at home. No party, no frills — just home.

Crowds aside, love was the reason we all chose to be at home. And I’m sure home with those whom we love the most (and those only who can love us the most) was where everyone most wanted to be.

Full colour grilled vegetables.

My Dad’s really fond of what we’d call “Western food”. To him, that’s simple cooking. It’s true, sometimes; Asian food is a whole different ball game. So since he was in charge of dinner for the night, Western was on the menu.

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Apple Crumb Cake

Almost more than half gobbled up, so soon!

It’s my second attempt at this cake.

The first time it was only half-baked. That was bad, though somewhat still edible. (Or maybe I shouldn’t have eaten it? Ha ha.) But I blame my oven at home. It’s not much of a baking oven.

Credit for today’s success goes to my grandmother’s oven. And what a difference it makes, as I’ve learned!

It’s actually a cake now! Sugary crusty streusel topping, soft cakey insides and large sweet apple chunks. Yum yum.

It’s not yet perfect, but I dare say dangerously close.

Read on for the recipe!

Oreo and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Brownie Cups

Allow me to introduce you to a little heaven on earth.

Yes, that statement may well be bordering on the lines of blasphemy, but I’ll leave you to decide if you’d like to hop on over to the Dark Side (dark chocolate, geddit geddit?) once you’ve had a taste of these brownie cups. They’re not just ordinary, boring brownies. And neither are they simply Oreo-flavoured or peanut butter brownies.

Inside these little cups of magic are two whole Oreo cookies, and all-natural peanut butter (which is good for you, if eaten in controlled portions, though I can’t say for sure with this recipe…). If that isn’t a mouthful, I don’t know what is!

Indeed, these cups are what I’d like to call “calorie bombs” — be sure to watch how many you gobble down!

Inspiration for these brownie cups came from a Food Snots entry I chanced upon. The recipe there calls for brownie mix but as I’d have you know, I don’t trust pre-mix ha ha. So, I combined a dark chocolate brownie recipe from Joy the Baker with the recipe I found on Food Snots and, voila! Nothing short of a genius idea 🙂

Read on for the recipe!

Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Apple Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. And I love apples. So, two weeks earlier, I thought I’d try my hand at baking an apple cheesecake!

And, what better way than to look up some easy cheesecake recipes on Joy the Baker! She’s one of my favourite food bloggers and I absolute adore her work ♥

Apples are such a versatile fruit to work with when it comes to baking, and even cooking for some. I love all kinds of apples: the sweet ones, the crunchy ones, even the sometimes soft ones! The health benefits, of course, are but an added bonus 😉 And as for cheesecake… It’s no secret: I absolutely have no willpower when it comes to resisting them.

The recipe I used is adapted from the one on Joy’s site, so it’s similar but does not follow it strictly.

Overall the taste was pretty good, not too sweet and not too bland. I especially loved the caramelized apples on top! The only downside would have to be the crust; in all my previous baking efforts I’ve always had problems with the crust. I’ve yet to perfect it 😦 But I’m still learning!

Read on for the recipe!